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Walter Cronkite Criticizes Falwell and Robertson
Posted on 2001/10/6 9:49:02 ( 890 reads )

Source: TV Guide

USA, October 1, 2001: TV Guide, the most widely circulated magazine in the world, published this report in its most recent edition. "Legendary CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, a paragon of fairness and restraint when he was known as 'the most trusted man in America,' says he believes that remarks made by Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson on TV's The 700 Club two days after the attacks 'may be the most abominable thing I've every heard.' In remarks for which he later apologized, Falwell blamed 'pagans, abortionists, feminists, homosexuals, the American Civil Liberties Union and the People for the American Way' for the devastation. 'It makes you wonder,' says Cronkite, 'if [Falwell and Robertson are] worshiping the same God as the people who bombed the Trade Centers and the Pentagon.' "

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Burger King Workers Get Hot Feet in Firewalking Attempt
Posted on 2001/10/6 9:48:02 ( 964 reads )


MIAMI, FLORIDA, October 6, 2001: About a dozen Burger King marketing-department workers burned their feet when they walked over white-hot coals at a meeting intended to promote bonding. One woman was taken to a hospital emergency room, and Burger King brought in a doctor to treat others whose feet were blistered. Some workers used wheelchairs the next day when they went to the airport to leave for another company retreat. More than 100 employees at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo participated Wednesday in the firewalking, a ritual with origins in religions of the Far East, and one which is popular among some Hindus. The Burger King workers had to sign a waiver acknowledging they might get hurt. The injured employees suffered first- and second-degree burns. Mildred Morse, a Burger King administrative assistant, was the most seriously hurt. She was released from Baptist Hospital on Thursday. "You're walking over hot coals, and something can happen," said Robert Kallen, owner of The Achievement Group, which ran the event. "The majority of the people get through it without a nick or a blister." A certified instructor [the article does not say by whom], Kallen has led thousands of participants over coals that can be as hot as 1,200 degrees. Dana Frydman, vice president of product marketing for Burger King, was injured but had no regrets about the event she helped organize. "It made you feel a sense of empowerment," Frydman said, "and that you can accomplish anything."

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What's Life Without Spice?? Kerala's Campaign for Cardamom
Posted on 2001/10/6 9:47:02 ( 792 reads )


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, INDIA, October 1, 2001: With a view to avoid any adverse impact of the terrorist attack on the United States and a possible counter attack, the Spices Board, under the Government of India, has embarked on a massive promotion campaign for cardamom, especially in the Gulf countries. Gulf countries are a major market for Indian cardamom. The nutritive and medicinal value of Indian cardamom and the Indian variety's aroma is also coveted. The need is to cash in on the encouraging trend in the Gulf market calls for aggressive promotion efforts to enlarge the market scope. The growing quality consciousness in the Gulf was expected to be complementary to the spices board's promotional efforts.

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Ancient Art of Spinning Receives New Recognition
Posted on 2001/10/6 9:46:02 ( 974 reads )

Source: Telegraph India

KUKUDAKHANDI, INDIA, October 2, 2001: To honor Mahatma Gandi, the spinning of cotton on charkhas, the small hand spinning wheel popularized by Gandhi, has been recognized by the Olympic Association of Berhampur as a sport. Ranging in age from 11 to 99 years of age, over 70 women gathered in the village of Kukudakhandi to participate in the event. Ninety-nine-year old P.Chinnamma said, "she had started spinning on the charkha from the age of 20 years. She recalled the days when spinning on the charkha was considered a holy duty by the Mahatma." Presently the Orissa government has ignored the plight of charkha spinners who are forced to sell premium quality thread to handloomers in Andra Pradesh. By declaring charkha spinning an olympic event, this may be the impetus needed for the government to recognize the art and the community of Patasila in Kukudakhandi may receive a handloom unit in their village.

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Dalai Lama Against Conversions
Posted on 2001/10/5 9:49:02 ( 877 reads )


DHARMASALA, INDIA, October 4, 2001: In his first-ever reaction to media reports about the Dalai Lama planning to convert a million Hindus to Buddhism, Tibetan in-exile Prime Minister Samdhong Lobsang Tenzin today said the Tibetan spiritual leader and Nobel laureate had never converted any Hindu and did not intend to do so in the future. "In fact, the Dalai Lama is always against the conversion of people from one religion to another. Nor has he encouraged anyone, including the Hindus, to convert into our religion," he stated. Mr Samdhong said though such reports had been appearing in the media for the past some time, but there was no reaction from Tibet. He said it was only after his meeting with Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Puri yesterday that he became aware of such news reports regarding conversions being circulated [see HPI October 1]. "Hearing from the Jagadguru, I was deeply shocked and I felt that it was necessary to give our clarification," he said. Two days ago, the Shankaracharya of Puri, Swami Nishchalanand Saraswati, had accused the Dalai Lama of converting Hindus. Interacting with mediapersons at Brajeshwar Temple in Kangra, he had stated that the Dalai Lama would convert one million Hindus to Buddhism in New Delhi. Media reports had indicated that the plans of the Dalai Lama on mass conversion had been postponed and now the conversions would take place in Delhi on a specified date.

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Ammachi's Followers Institute Award
Posted on 2001/10/5 9:48:02 ( 1037 reads )

Source: Press Release

AMRITAPURI, INDIA, October 1, 2001: A group of devotees of Mata Amritanandamayi have instituted an award, "Amritakeertti Puraskar" in the name of Her Holiness, on distinguished persons who have made significant contributions in diverse fields. At present, two types of persons are chosen for the above award: those engaged in writing original, in-depth studies of great Indian Spiritual Classics, and those dedicated to constructive social or national service.

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Hindu Students Council Announces "Dharma Life Project"
Posted on 2001/10/5 9:47:02 ( 826 reads )


HOUSTON, TEXAS, September 29, 2001: The Dharma Life Project was launched by Hindu Students Council (HSC) with a ceremony in the Hindu Worship Society temple blessed by Pundit Rajendra Sharma. Dharma Life is a year-long effort to bring the powerful messages of the sages of Sanatana Hindu Dharma to students and youth all across the world, especially to college campuses. "For quite some time in the world history," says Rakhi Israni, the Dharma Life project coordinator, "we have only witnessed war, terrorism and bloodshed. Through this project we aim to make the young people around the world belonging to various Indic traditions such as Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Vaishnavas, Sivas etc., proud of their culture and aware of the vastness of their religions."

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Elephant Chasers Jobless
Posted on 2001/10/5 9:46:02 ( 938 reads )

Source: The Statesman

KOLKATA, INDIA, October 2, 2001: The state forest department has stopped recruiting villagers to drive away elephants, after some of the animals went on a rampage in Bankura as a fall-out of an operation to catch them. The forest department believes that the hulla or driving parties, drive away the elephants only to drive them back again later. Many hulla parties double-crossed the department to continue getting work for a longer period, a senior official said, for the income of the driving party members would dry up if the elephant herds didn't attack the crop fields at regular intervals. No wonder, a 45-elephant herd, now roaming in Bankura and Midnapore, has no hulla party to drive it out of villages. Besides, the elephants trekking to south Bengal forests have grown immune to the sound and fury of the drum beats and explosives.

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$400 Million Suit Against Hare Krishnas Dismissed
Posted on 2001/10/5 9:45:02 ( 949 reads )


DALLAS, TEXAS, October 4, 2001: The Honorable Sam A. Lindsay, Judge of the United States District Court in Dallas, in a decision filed September 28, has permanently dismissed a lawsuit seeking $400 million dollars in damages from several dozen temples, entities and individuals affiliated with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), better known as the Hare Krishna movement, a Vaishnava denomination claiming no connection with Hinduism. The suit, originally filed on June 12, 2000, was a result of rampant child abuse in the 1970s and 1980s at several parochial schools and temples affiliated with ISKCON. The organization did not deny the abuse took place, but felt the individuals responsible should be pursued and not the organization as a whole. The case was unique in attempting to invoke the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

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Historian Held For Derogatory Remarks Against Hindu Gods
Posted on 2001/10/4 9:49:02 ( 841 reads )


NAGPUR, INDIA, July 19,2001: A Nagpur-based historian and an activist of Bahujan Samaj Party, M M Deshmukh, was arrested from his residence on Monday by Umari police for allegedly making derogatory remarks against the Hindu God Brahmadev and Goddess Saraswati. According to reports, Deshmukh delivered a public speech on April 23 at Umari on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and allegedly made remarks against the Hindu Gods. Deshmukh was arrested after a complaint was lodged by an Umari resident, Sanjay Kulkarni. Kulkarni said that the brahmin community were hurt due to the remarks of Deshmukh, and sought a stern action against him.

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Sharjah Bans Saris
Posted on 2001/10/4 9:48:02 ( 939 reads )

Source: Times of India

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, October 4, 2001: A new dress code to be enforced in the Sharjah Emirate under the "decency law" frowns upon the sari for women and shortpants for men. The local order, No. 1 for 2001, enunciating the code came into effect on September 26 and thousands of multi-lingual leaflets in Malayalam, Urdu, Arabic, English, French, Russian and German are being distributed throughout Sharjah. Sharjah covers 2,590 and lies in the heart of the UAE, a federation of states. The Emirates won "The Cultural Capital of the Arab World" Award for the year 1998.

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US Military Calls Chaplains to Duty
Posted on 2001/10/4 9:47:02 ( 882 reads )


WASHINGTON, D.C., October 4, 2001: More than a hundred military chaplains may be called up to active duty along with reserve units, according to this report. US military chaplains for more than 200 years have conducted worship services, provided pastoral counseling and religious and moral education, as well as support in family services. They are also active in crisis intervention, community services and humanitarian programs. They may serve at the front lines, but do not engage in combat. There are chaplains serving in the US military of the Christian, Buddhist, Jewish and Muslim faiths. Hinduism Today magazine has reported on the military's efforts to enlist a Hindu chaplain, and can assist anyone who might be interested. Many of the reserve chaplains are full-time church pastors, such as the Rev. Bill Wildhack, a chaplain and lieutenant commander in the Navy reserve, and a co-pastor of a Presbyterian church near St. Petersburg, Fla. "After the president said, 'Be ready,' we talked about what it will mean if the call comes - as to my family and also the congregation."

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Join the Presidential Prayer Team
Posted on 2001/10/4 9:46:02 ( 897 reads )


SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, October 4, 2001: A new effort called the Presidential Prayer Team is registering tens of thousands of Americans of all religions to pray for President Bush and the nation in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "We have 140,000 people that have come over the Internet, signing up their commitment to pray daily for the president," William Hunter, president and founder of the initiative, told Religion News Service on Monday (October 1). The team's work is endorsed by Christian leaders and Mission America, a consortium of evangelical denominations and ministries, but Hunter hopes it will be an interfaith prayer effort. "From the very get-go, we have set it up to be for all faiths," he said. "We want anybody involved that prays to the God of our universe to be involved in prayer." During the last week of September, as many as 25,000 people signed up in one day. "Our goal is to have 2.8 million -- that's 1 percent of the U.S. population -- praying for the president each day," Hunter said. Click "source" above to access the site.

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Psychics May be Employed in the Fight Against Terrorism
Posted on 2001/10/4 9:45:02 ( 913 reads )

Source: Deccan Herald

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 28, 2001: In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks led by Osama bin Laden on the U.S., America may be employing psychic spies to determine their course of action. According to this article, it was during the cold war that these psychics were able to detect the top secret Typhoon submarine of the Soviet Union, hidden defense equipment in many remote places, file titles in top secret facilities and more. They used a process called "remote viewing" in which they tried to imagine what a distant place looked like, and then drew a picture of it. Despite the scorn of skeptics, the research was conducted in collaboration with the Stanford Research Institute and shown to work, even if few of the scientists would publicly venture an explanation. The work was terminated in the U.S. after the Cold War.

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300 Million Hindus to Convert to Christianity??
Posted on 2001/10/1 9:49:02 ( 913 reads )

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CARROLLTON, TEXAS, October 1, 2001: The Gospel for Asia and the All-India Christian Council issued the following press release today. No other information has appeared in the press reports monitored by HPI, and there no independent confirmation of what might simply be wishful thinking from The Gospel for Asia, a zealous evangelical organization run by an Indian Christian out of Texas. The release reads: "Dear Friends in Christ, I can't over estimate the importance and urgency of this email regarding the probability of a revival that could begin in India on November 4, 2001. Three-hundred-million Dalits (low-caste "untouchables") [actually he appears to mean 200 million Dalits and 100 million tribals] are on the verge of turning to the Christian faith. Over the past few months, high level leaders representing no less than 300 million Dalitshave been in dialogue with the All India Christian Council. (The AICC is the largest Evangelical network in India with membership of over 2,000 Mission organizations, denominations and other Christian entities.) Their simple request was: 'The only way for our people to find freedom from 3,000 years of slavery is to quit Hinduism and Castism and embrace another faith. Christianity offers hope for us. We would be happy if our people would become Christians... can you help us?' This request culminated in a historic meeting on September 7, 2001 in Hyberabad, India where over 740 top Evangelical leaders from across India met with 26 top Dalit leaders to discuss how this movement should be handled. Dr. Joseph D'Souza and Dr. K.P. Yohannan give leadership to the AICC which is committed to mobilize the Church body to respond to this most urgent challenge. Gospel for Asia is one of the largest Church planting movement in the subcontinent and has been busy in taking concrete steps to respond to this move of God. This mass exodus begins on November 4, 2001. At this time, one million low-caste Dalits are expected to meet in Delhi, India for a mass conversion event to Buddhism. Originally, these 1 million low-caste Dalits were to be asked to convert only to Bhuddism. Now, by God's grace, the option of finding freedom in Christ will also be presented on November 4th, 2001. Will you please stand in the gap and get involved on behalf of millions who are about to follow the Lord Jesus? Please visit our website at for more information on how you can get involved."

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